Centre for Road Safety

Younger drivers face greater danger because of their inexperience.

Digital learner driver log book apps

Learner drivers can now choose from one of three new apps to record their driving hours and submit log books.The apps provide learner and supervising drivers with similar features to the paper log book, including information on safe driving practices.

It is illegal for learner drivers to use any function of a mobile phone while driving. All of the apps let you 'set and forget' by starting the app while you're safely parked out of the line of traffic, then put your phone away while you're driving. The apps will record your drive in the background.

The apps can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play. Find out more about the apps on the Transport for NSW website.

If you are 25 years or older you do not need to log driving hours, but should undertake a sufficient amount of supervised driving to build your skills. Transport for NSW has more information on getting your licence.

Beating the odds

Younger and novice drivers face many challenges when learning the complex task of driving a vehicle. With their relative inexperience, they also face a higher risk of being involved in a crash. Despite making up only about 15 per cent of all licence holders, the crashes that involve younger drivers (aged under 26 years) account for almost a quarter of annual road fatalities.

The Safer Drivers Course helps learner drivers identify risks on the roads. Speed management, hazard awareness and safe following distances are some of the strategies in the course’s theoretical and practical sessions, which earn learner drivers 20 hours of log-book credit.

Licence conditions explains the NSW Graduated Licensing Scheme process, as well as some of the restrictions that apply to learner and P-plate drivers.

Graduated licensing schemes are one of the most effective ways to reduce youth road trauma. These evidence based schemes help reduce the number of young drivers in crashes. They provide a staged approach to driver licensing and reduce the impact of risk taking behaviour associated with younger drivers.

More information can be found in The Australian Graduated Licensing Scheme policy framework, commissioned by Transport for NSW, on behalf of the Austroads Road Safety Task Force.

Our P1/P2 vehicle search lets provisional drivers find the types of cars that they are allowed to drive.

The Restricted P1 Provisional licence pilot allows eligable learner drivers in selected areas west of the Newell Highway to drive to work, education and medical related appointments.

Learners in these areas can apply for a Restricted P1 licence after they have finished 50 hours of on-road supervised driving (including at least 10 hours of night driving).

A zero alcohol limit applies to all learner and provisional licence drivers. L and P platers must not consume any alcohol before driving.